Saturday, 25 March 2017

25th March 2017

Weather: SE-2, sunny, warm and clear.

Clear skies were far  from ideal conditions at the Lighthouse today. Nonetheless a few migrants were discovered in the coastal fields and hedges including 2 Wheatear, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Stonechat, 8 Chiffchaff and 4 Goldcrests. With waders also on the move were 800 Oystercatcher, 5 Grey Plover and 19 Turnstone whilst 11 Black tailed Godwit headed south !

Migrant Water Rail can and often do turn up anywhere however one found walking along the beach at Dove point must be one of the more unusual locations. 

Our first Sandwich Tern arrived on one of the bouys mid morning and a monster 2CY Glaucous Gull was found by Mark Garner loafing with intent some way offshore from the Lighthouse Car park. A typical set of species for late March and hopefully a precursor of things to come!!

Very Long Range Glaucous Gull (AMC)

Water Rail, Gordon Crapper

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